Considering how the proliferation of Lana Del Rey and Avicii sampling has officially surpassed the global population growth rate, it’s surprising more artists haven’t had their way with one of 2011′s most popular songs, M83′s “Midnight City.” But if one group could give such a sacred track the respect it deserves, it’s The Knocks–and they’ve proven themselves yet again with this cover, featuring vocals from the lovely Mandy Lee. If M83′s anthem captured the anxious insecurity of 2011, The Knocks have brought it into the new year with the glimmer of upbeat optimism 2012 continues to deliver. The video proves that Lee is as stunning as her voice would suggest—check it out and grab the MP3 below.

MP3: The Knocks (ft. Mandy Lee) – “Midnight City (M83 Cover)”